December was a super busy month. Normally I love Christmas and the anticipation and business of the days leading up to it, but this year I could really take it or leave it. Not sure why. Blame it on the sleep deprivation! However, this year we have a two year old who was very into this thing called Christmas and you couldn't help but get excited too when you saw it through the eyes of a little one just big enough to get excited himself!
So despite constantly feeling like there wasn't enough time to get everything done, we managed to pull off a great first Christmas as a family of four. We put up lights. We saw Santa. We baked cookies. We had pictures taken of the boys in their holiday clothes and sent out Christmas cards. We bought we may more presents than originally planned!
Christmas morning was so fun. We got the boys up and dressed, and I went downstairs and put cinnamon rolls in the oven, made coffee, lit the tree, and turned on Christmas music. Phil brought Philip and Andrew downstairs where I was waiting, video camera in hand, to catch Philip's reaction when he saw that Santa Claus did indeed come, just as we had been telling him for the past few weeks. It was so fun to watch him opening his gifts!
Once the gifts were all open Phil made us a basil and potato frittata and we spent the rest of the day enjoying our new presents and each other's company. As a child of divorced parents, I spent almost every Christmas of my childhood traveling in between houses on Christmas day. I made a promise to myself back then that when I had a family of my own, I wouldn't make my kids leave their new toys behind and pack us all into the car to go visit relatives. Visiting with family is done on Christmas Eve and the days after Christmas, but Christmas day is reserved for us. So far, I absolutely love it!
After all, I wouldn't have been able to enjoy this peaceful moment in quite the same way had we not been in the comfort of our own home. ♥